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This filterbag organic chamomile from Traditional Medicinals is very good, but does not quite measure up to the stiff competition: Harney & Sons Chamomile sachet.
The color of the Traditional Medicinals liquor is virtually identical to the Harney & Sons. I noticed that the sachet seemed to weigh more than the filter bag after infusion, so perhaps that contributes to the slightly better taste of the Harney & Sons.
Traditional Medicinals does get extra points for being organic, but the steep-off winner is Harney & Sons. This organic chamomile is slightly drier and less succulent, but still quite good for a grocery store offering. I do recommend it heartily for anyone looking for readily available organic chamomile!
I drank too much caffeine today. In addition to the tea I had, there was also a tall Starbucks coffee. I am feeling so sensitive to the effects of caffeine lately and I know I need to do a better job of having less tomorrow.
This seemed like it would be a nice relaxing herbal. I have some plain passionflower tea, and it doesn’t taste like much. You get a lot of the spearmint and lemon verbena in this blend which boosts the flavor content a lot. Regardless, this isn’t something one would choose to drink for the taste alone, but hopefully it will help ratchet down my energy levels a notch or two. I might need another cup of this before I go to bed.
I was surprised to read that Traditional Medicinals recommends infusing two filterbags of Organic Chamomile with Lavender in 8 ounces of water. Wow! That’s a lot of lavender. I say this because I infused only one bag and it was very strongly redolent of lavender, so much so that I could barely detect the chamomile.
This is definitely a high-quality infusion, but I would recommend it to people looking specifically for lavender. The benefits of chamomile are here in nearly the same abundance as in the plain Organic Chamomile: here 1200mg; there 1300mg. So this makes it all the more surprising that two bags should be prescribed. Wait a minute! I see: they are giving the assay for a two-bag serving, which contains 1200mg chamomile and 1800mg of “proprietary blend”, which includes both lavender and lemon balm. This means that a single filterbag packs 3000/2 = 1500mg of goodness, 900mg of which is lavender and lemon balm, so quite a bit less chamomile than the Organic Chamomile filterbag (at 1300mg).
Well, for me, one bag definitely suffices. The liquor is darker golden colored than the straight-up chamomile, and the flavor is all BLUE! Doubling up the dose would just make the taste darker blue, verging on PURPLE! I detected wafts of soapiness, but that may have been my association of lavender with soap and other bath products…
I have tried many of the more complex blends from Traditional Medicinals but never the simplest of offerings, Organic Chamomile, so I decided to pick up a sample box of four different nighttime offerings.
This is a very good filterbag chamomile. It brews up bright yellow and tastes fresh and satisfying. There is a lot of chamomile here: an assayed 1300mg, which I believe is more than most. So no wonder it tastes so good. I’ll have to try do a steep-off between this brew and the Harney & Sons sachet. To be fair, I should probably pit a filterbag against a filterbag, but I must say that this filterbag produces a tasty infusion.